33rd Battalion AIF Routine Order No.128
33rd BATTALION. A.I.F.
ROUTINE ORDER No.128
Lt-Col LJ Morshead
Armentières, 7th December, 1916
WASHING OF SOCKS 1252
In order that the troops when in trenches will have a clean pair of socks daily, it will be necessary to withdraw one good pair for every man and send them to Q.M. store for despatch to Divisional Baths, to form a stock for re issue. These must be returned to Q.M. by noon on 8th inst.
The procedure will be as follows: –
Companies and smaller detached sections will arrange that men change their socks daily, the wet ones will be collected and packed in sandbags and taken to Regimental Transport Co. Divisional Baths. An equal number of clean socks will be given in exchange for wet ones handed in and clean ones will come back in waterproof bags issued at Divisional Baths. Clean socks are now available at baths.
REGIMENTAL ORDERLY DUTIES 1253
Really R.O. No. 126 para 62?.1237 delete 8 am and read "7 am".
BOX RESPIRATORS 1254
Each Company will submit a return by 10 am on Friday, 8th inst. showing number required to complete the issue of one per man. Allowances thus been made for all H.Q. details attached.
GAS HELMETS 1255
One Gas Helmet per man - all ranks - must be collected for return to Q.M. by 12 noon on Friday, 8th inst.
INLYING PICQUET 1256
Re R.O. 127. para 1251. – Companies will in future notify Battalion HQ that this picquet has been duly warned whenever the duty has to be found by them.
Captain of the week: Capt. SF Sorenson (in lieu of Capt. Douglas. special duty)
Subaltern of the day: 2/Lt. WD McKenzie
Next for duty: 2/Lt. FA Clarence
Regimental Orderly Cpl: Cpl. CSL Byrne
Next for duty: Cpl. JA Williams
Regimental Orderly Sgt: Sgt. RN Genge
Next for duty: Sgt. RH Blomfield
GUM BOOTS 1258
Great care must be exercised to prevent Gum Boots being used unnecessarily, as owing to industrial conditions considerable difficulty will be experienced in obtaining further supplies. Their use in some parts of the line will be seldom necessary and the utmost care will be taken to ensure that they are not worn unless the condition of the trenches render it imperative. The correct procedure for handling Gum Boots is as follows:-
Men in Front and Support Lines should have Gum Boots, a spare pair for every man being kept in reserve in the store; where wet boots can be exchanged for dry ones. Reliefs, going into trenches require authority for issue of boots from the Asylum, and those relieved will wash boots in tube provided for that purpose outside the asylum, handing them over to be dried. Great care must be exercised to prevent Gum Boots being used when they are not needed and thus causing undue wear.
RIFLE GRENADES 1259.
Owing to the risk of accident through the handling of grenades by inexperienced persons, no officer, N.C.O. or man other than Company or Battalion bombers must handle or fire rifle grenades.
(Signed) RC Jones 2/Lt.
Adjutant. 33rd Battalion A.I.F.
33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force War Diary